154 aka Ross 154 is an alias of Dutch producer Jochem Peteri perhaps best known for his productions as Newworldaquarium. He’s managed to take time out to reissue his 2004 album Strike in response to great demand. Strike is a great work of dubby/ ambient techno that still resonates thirteen years down the line, Double 12” reissue on NWAQ. Much sought after and recommended to fans of Basic Channel.
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Originally released on Delsin back in 2004, it’s great to have this beauty of an album reissued and affordable, as original copies will set you back pure wonga. 154 and Ross 154 are lesser known aliases of Dutch producer Jochem Peteri who is most widely known as Newworldaquarium. It's clear to hear why ‘Strike’ is on plenty of wants lists since it vanished from wider circulation.
Across eight tracks Peteri creates sublime, understated, smokey house/techno/ambient that should appeal to fans of Basic Channel, GAS, echospace [detroit] etc. but stands alone in the world of dubby techno. It’s pure class; from the glimmering, gorgeous Detroit techno inspired opening cut ‘Sun’ through to the understated and darker ‘Sniper’, and the vaporous ambient of ‘Apricot’ on the first disc.
The second slab of wax carries the dreamy, melancholy of ‘Abrighterday’ and the hazy, smoked out ‘Strike’ before things get pretty tough on ‘Themurderpeople’. Despite the thunderous kicks it still retains something of the warm, blissfully stoned atmosphere. Then there’s the partially smothered techno of the GAS like ‘Spirit’ and the subtly warped ‘Daze’, which sounds like it's gradually melting and dissolving as it closes this deep, immersive, peach of an album.
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